RHINELANDER - The American Cancer Society and TLC Dog Training will bring a new event to the Northwoods next month. it’s called bark for life.
The event will be similar to Relay for Life, but including dogs.
Bark for life promotes the healing benefits that canines offer to humans suffering from cancer.
“Dogs offer a lot of companionship to people who are sick and vice versa. We’ve lost dogs to cancer too, and we were there for them. So it kind of goes as one big circle," says TLC Owner and event sponsor Carol Lofquist.
The event will have something for everyone and their four legged friends to enjoy.
That includes a two mile walking course, food vendors, and dog agility demonstrations.
“It’s all money raised for a very good cause. And people love their animals. And when we love our animals our animals will love us back," Lofquist says.
Bark for Life will take place on August 24 at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport beginning 9 a.m.
Pre-registration is $10 per dog and $15 on the day of the event.
Find more information or register by following the link.
FOREST COUNTY - Forest Count and Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Inc. (WORVPI) have found a 10,000 acre plot of land they would like to buy for an off-road park, according to WORVPI President John Schnorr.
Schnorr wouldn't discuss the exact location in Forest County, but said they would hope to buy the parcels by June 2014. Right now they’re contracting an engineering firm to evaluate the land.
"That's so environmental concerns can be met," Schnorr said. "We'll look at that as well as a pleasurable experience for an off-road visitor who is going to come up and spend hopefully a weeks vacation in Forest County."
Forest County leaders believe an off-road park could help bring more tourists to the area, and with that more money. The county has the fifth worst unemployment rate, 7.9 percent, in Wisconsin.
WORVPI used Ripon College to perform a feasibility study on the off-road park. It says the average off-roader will travel 300 miles to visit an off-road park. It also projected an off-road park could bring in nearly $28 million per year for Forest County businesses.
"It will take us some time to operate and open it up and develop the trails, the camp sites, the amenities inside," Schnorr said. "Realistically we could see an opening date of Memorial Day of 2015."
The park would host ATVs, motorcycles and other vehicles on off-road trails.
People can help fund the park by purchasing $150 charter membership passes. More than 30 have already been purchased. Schnorr says only 100 will be available.
"The pass will entitle the holder to a park pass, an annual park pass, for the first year when the park opens," Schnorr said. "It will give us some capital up front and afford them a discounted price down the road."
Even with the progress, Schnorr says the project is still in the early stages.
"If you are an optimist, you think a huge amount of progress has been made," Schnorr said. "But if you are a pessimist, not enough progress has been made."
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